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California: Economists Wanted
Posted on 3 May 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases and statutes cited below. Since Senate Bill 899 was passed, there has been a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the proper calculation and evaluation of the COLAs provided for under Labor Code Section 4659... Read More

California: Dept. of Labor Posts SAWW Information for 2014 COLA Calculations
Posted on 1 Jun 2013 by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer

The US Department of Labor has issued its 1st Quarter Unemployment statistics for the State Average Weekly Wages (SAWW) used for calculating statutory increases in Minimum and Maximum TD benefits under Labor Code §4453(a)(10) and also Life Pension... Read More

Pepsi or Coke? The Latest on COLA in California
Posted on 14 Sep 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

When a workers’ compensation practitioner talks about the appropriate COLA, he is usually not discussing his favorite soft drink! Rather, Labor Code Section 4659 (c) indicates that certain awards of permanent disability shall be increased annually... Read More

California: Baker Redux
Posted on 20 Oct 2011 by Julius Young

The California Supreme Court has spoken again about COLAs. Call it Baker Redux. In response to a Petition for Rehearing filed by San Jose attorney Arthur Johnson, the California Supreme Court issued a modified opinion that can be found here: Baker... Read More

U.S. Dept. of Labor Posts SAWW Information for 2013 COLA Calculations
Posted on 7 Jun 2012 by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer

[ Editor's Note: This blog post has been corrected .] Unfortunately when I initially looked at the Dept of Labor site for this information, the link for last year’s information took me to the 4th quarter, not the first quarter. This resulted... Read More

Increase in California Average Weekly Wage to Boost 2013 Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Posted on 8 Jun 2012 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

California’s State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) rose more than 5.5% from $1003.55 to $1,059.38 in the 12 months ending March 31, 2012, which according to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI), will boost minimum and maximum temporary... Read More

California Workers’ Comp Temporary Total Disability Maximum to Top $1,100 a Week in 2015
Posted on 30 May 2014 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

California’s State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) climbed just under 2.666% from $1,067.25 to $1,095.70 in the 12 months ending March 31, 2014, which the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) notes will push the maximum temporary total... Read More

Rise and Fall of the COLA: How It Affects the Attorney’s Fee in California
Posted on 28 Feb 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Calculation of attorneys’ fees has always been a hot-button issue for the WCAB. When the calculation involves a lifetime award of permanent total disability (PTD) benefits, the issue ratchets up a notch. Lately, several conflicting panel decisions... Read More

California Applicants’ Attorneys Association Reacts to California Supreme Court’s “Baker” Decision on Cost of Living for Disabled Workers
Posted on 11 Aug 2011 by Workers' Compensation Law Community Staff

Disability Compensation will not keep pace with inflation The California Supreme Court issued its decision today in Baker v. WCAB, addressing the issue of when the cost of living adjustments (COLA) contained in Labor Code Section 4659(c) are first... Read More

U.S. Dept. of Labor Posts SAWW Information for 2013 COLA Calculations
Posted on 7 Jun 2012 by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer

[ Editor's Note: This blog post has been corrected .] Unfortunately when I initially looked at the Dept of Labor site for this information, the link for last year’s information took me to the 4th quarter, not the first quarter. This resulted... Read More

California: Baker Redux
Posted on 20 Oct 2011 by Julius Young

The California Supreme Court has spoken again about COLAs. Call it Baker Redux. In response to a Petition for Rehearing filed by San Jose attorney Arthur Johnson, the California Supreme Court issued a modified opinion that can be found here: ... Read More

Rise and Fall of the COLA: How It Affects the Attorney’s Fee in California
Posted on 28 Feb 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Calculation of attorneys’ fees has always been a hot-button issue for the WCAB. When the calculation involves a lifetime award of permanent total disability (PTD) benefits, the issue ratchets up a notch. Lately, several conflicting panel decisions... Read More

Pepsi or Coke? The Latest on COLA in California
Posted on 14 Sep 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

When a workers’ compensation practitioner talks about the appropriate COLA, he is usually not discussing his favorite soft drink! Rather, Labor Code Section 4659 (c) indicates that certain awards of permanent disability shall be increased annually... Read More

Increase in California Average Weekly Wage to Boost 2013 Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Posted on 8 Jun 2012 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

California’s State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) rose more than 5.5% from $1003.55 to $1,059.38 in the 12 months ending March 31, 2012, which according to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI), will boost minimum and maximum temporary... Read More

California: Economists Wanted
Posted on 3 May 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases and statutes cited below. Since Senate Bill 899 was passed, there has been a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the proper calculation and evaluation of the COLAs provided for under Labor Code Section... Read More